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WIKILEAKS REVEALS DETAILS ABOUT JOURNALIST DETAINED BY U.S. FOR 6 YEARS

April 26, 2011 by · 1 Comment 

An al-Jazeera cameraman who spent six years at Guantánamo prison before being released in 2008 was questioned repeatedly by his U.S. captors in hopes that he would “provide information on the al-Jazeera news network’s training program, telecommunications equipment, and news-gathering operations in Chechnya, Kosovo and Afghanistan, including the network’s acquisition of a video of [Osama bin Laden] and a subsequent interview with [bin Laden],” according to additional secret documents released by Wikileaks on Monday. The cameraman, Sami al-Hajj, has returned to work for al-Jazeera. In an interview broadcast today (Tuesday) on al-Jazeera English, al-Hajj said that initially his interrogators said that they wanted to know how he had obtained the interview with bin Laden. He said that he was not involved at all with the interview, but that if he had been, “that would have been part of my job — journalism.” He said that although some of the Americans agreed that he had been wrongly detained, they told him that he would not be released because he had “seen too much” at Guantánamo.